AFTER skipping last year’s edition, Cebu Queen City United will return to the UFL Cup this year, hoping for a better showing from its inaugural run in 2011.
“We have a fighting chance because of the new rule on foreigners,” said Musni. “Teams can only have five foreigners in the lineup and only three can play.”
The team has been practicing regularly and also had a friendly with UFL squad Manila All-Japan last month.
The team will still be led by coach Mario Ceniza and Allan Medalle and will also have some of their regulars during their first stint in the UFL Cup.
Among those suiting up anew for the club are Junard Aguilar, Ariel Cahilig, Dan Villarico, Rene Menchavez, Rommel Cuizon, Marion Cubelo, Lemar Baunsit, Frederick Isic and goalkeeper Charles Villarta.
“We also have a player from Ivory Coast,” said Musni, whose team finished third in the UFL second division before withdrawing from last season.
Cebu Queen City is in Group A with Green ARchers United Glob, Forza FC, Cimarron FC and Manila Jeepney, while teams in Group B are Loyola, Philippine Air Force, Agila FC, Gen. Trias and teams in Group C are Global, Ceres, Pasargad, Philippine Navy and Manila Tala FC.
Teams in Group D are defending champion Stallion, Philippine Army, Dolphins United and Blue Guards FC, while those in Group E are Pachanga, Team Socceroo, Laos FC, Mendiola FC and Bright Star. Group F will have Kaya FC, Union, Manila All-Japan and the Manila Hurricanes.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 22, 2013